Monthly Archives: May 2013

PC Sales Declining

About 3 or 4 years ago I was talking with my wife and a colleague of hers that worked in the mobile industry. This person and my wife thought that the mobile industry would explode, and it’s impact and expansion … Continue reading

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The Bicentennial

Tomorrow is SQL Saturday #200 in Philadelphia. I’m traveling today to the City of Brotherly Love for the event. My partner, Andy Warren, co-founder of SQLServerCentral and SQL Saturday, is also making his way there for the celebration. This is the bicentennial event, and … Continue reading

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Exploring a Database in Azure

After creating my Azure account, I wasn’t sure where to go next. Fortunately I had an immediate project that occupied my attention: a public Adventureworks database. As we noted, Red Gate and SQLServerCentral agreed to host the database and cover … Continue reading

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The Speed of Azure

As database administrators we seem to be slow to embrace new technologies and paradigms. There was a lack of enthhusiasm from DBAs for SANs years ago, and virtual machines more recently, at a time when many other technology professioanls were … Continue reading

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Helping MS Help Us

I think SQL Server is a fantastic product. I’ve been using the platform over 20 years, across 8+ versions and 2 operating systems. It’s provided me with a great career, and one I’ve enjoyed. However the software isn’t perfect, with … Continue reading

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Data Will Drive the World

There’s a well known essay from Marc Andreeson that talks about howsoftware is eating the world. There’s a lot of truth to this, in my opinion, and it becomes very important for more and more people to realize that software … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2013

Today is the Memorial Day holiday in the US. I’m sure many of you have the day off, and I hope that you enjoy it, while also remembering those that have given their lives in military service. For those of you outside … Continue reading

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The 2013 SQL in the City Tour

Once again, Red Gate is planning on a tour of the US for the SQL in the City events. Last year we had a large tour, hitting 6 cities in the US during October and November of 2012. It was … Continue reading

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Provisioning

At a talk recently, the presenter talked about the time lag for an on-premises server to be installed and configured to be on the order of months. Not that many, but it could easily be six months. That seems crazy, … Continue reading

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When will we look back at this?

It’s amazing how software has advanced. I look at the software I use, and I’m amazed. I still remember texting to 40404 for basic twitter usage on my Windows 6.5 Mobile. That seems miles away from the apps I know … Continue reading

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